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Re: ICANN and Verisign settle over SiteFinder

  • From: Michael Froomkin - U.Miami School of Law
  • Date: Thu Oct 27 15:18:44 2005

they get a back-door amendment to their contract, with no public process, that extends it and allows them to charge more in the future

On Tue, 25 Oct 2005, Florian Weimer wrote:

* Chris Woodfield:

Said the flowerpot: "Oh no, not again..."
I don't understand what VeriSign receives in return for their kowtow
(under the agreement, they basically waive any right to criticize
ICANN's role).

Two possible explanations:

 * ICANN signalled a positive outcome of a future Sitefinder review
   under the new process.

 * ICANN promised to grant VeriSign the DNSSEC root and .ARPA
   maintenance without tender (the "Root Server Management Transition
   Agreement" goes into that direction; actually, the .ARPA stuff is
   the interesting one).

 * VeriSign has recognized that they couldn't win in court, and
   suddenly want to play nice.

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